The last time we played at home was on November 18th when we lost to a lively Ebbw Vale side. We now have a run of three home games and let’s hope we can carry our away form into those games. Three bonus point wins against Bridgend, Pontypool and Swansea mean we’re third in the league and we now have a chance to improve or consolidate our position.
Aberavon are not having a good season compared to their usual high standards and I’m sure that they would accept that their results are far from predictable. They lost the Christmas fixture against bottom team Neath but played really well to gain away wins against Ebbw Vale and Pontypool. They must be looking forward to facing another Gwent team!!!
Once again the coaches make changes with Henry Palmer, Barny Langton-Cryer, Che Hope, Carwyn Penny, Matt O’Brien and Oli Andrew coming in to the starting fifteen
Newport: Thomas Davies, Henry Palmer, Nathan Evans, Josh Skinner, Barny Langton-Cryer, Rhys Jenkins, Josh Reid, Ben Roach Capt., Che Hope, Carwyn Penny, Elliot Frewen, Matt O’Brien, Jon Morris, Oli Andrew, Ioan Davies.
Replacements: Brodie Coughlin, Tom Workman, Dan Suter, Elliot Ferriman, Tom Caple, Daf Buckland, Jac Lloyd, Iestyn Galton.
Referee: Dewi Phillips
AR1: Carwyn Williams
AR2: Jason Griffiths
Venue: Newport Stadium